Using a Smart City Locator – The ‘Why’ and ‘How’

By | Apartment Locators, Apartments, Houston

Looking for an apartment can be stressful and it’s important to set your search expectations early on in the process, which means answering a ton of questions. What’s achievable within my budget? What’s most important – budget, location or unit finishes? Where are the best deals? Can I afford washer and dryer in-unit, or what about hardwood floors? Where can me and my huge dog live? The list goes on and on! Today we’ve set out to answer one specific question you might be asking as you prepare to move: Why use a Smart City locator? Well, you wouldn’t go to an eye doctor for a foot examination would you?! Heck no, you would go to a specialist! That’s us- we’re the apartment specialists, and we’re FREE! **Want the spark-noted version? Just skim the bold bits (no offense taken).** We’re real people! No computer-generated search options here! Instead, you’re connected to a real person who lives, works and plays in Houston! Our agents are some serious neighborhood and market experts who deliver unique apartment searches based on your needs and your priorities! “Real” also means we keep it absolutely 100 with you. We aren’t about setting fake expectations. Plus, we collaborate like crazy – If you ask your agent something, you ask the table of 10+ other agents sitting with them. Nothing is done in a vacuum, so you’re always receiving optimal information. Photo Cred We’ve got the 4-1-1!! Apartment Possible, what’s the sitch? We WANT to know what’s most important to you! Have…

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Catch Some Sun at These Awesome Houston Beaches

By | Houston

Let’s face it — there isn’t much not to love about the Houston area. With Houston being the fourth most populated city in the United States — boasting more than 2.3 million people — it’s obvious that millions of people are intimately familiar with the things that make Houston such a cool place to live and work. Of course, you don’t have to take our word for it when it comes to Houston’s cool factor. GQ Magazine dubbed Houston the “New Capital of Southern Cool” just last year and Thrillist included Houston in its shortlist of the nation’s most impressive cities just two years ago. WalletHub also named Houston as one of America’s most fun cities in 2018. If Houston’s long-standing reputation for fun doesn’t already have you dying to visit the Bayou City this summer, this list of awesome Houston beaches surely will. While the Houston area is home to more than 1,100 square miles of water, the city doesn’t call any oceanfront real estate its own. With many popular beaches located within an hour’s drive of the city, though, not having any oceanfront property within its borders is hardly a knock against the metropolis. Instead, it’s simply a reason to get behind the wheel of your car and go for a pleasant drive to enjoy a day working on your tan and enjoying the waves! About Houston Area Beaches Given its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, Houston is within a short drive of a wide variety of…

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How Hurricane Harvey Changed Renting in Houston

By | Apartments, Houston, Hurricane Harvey, Rent Increase, Rental Market

Houston – A southern concrete jungle stretched out over hundreds of square miles, and home to more than 2.3 million Houstonians and expats. Everyone here knows that when it comes to weather, watch out for what you wish for! It will be sunny and 70 degrees one day and completely iced over the next. But, hey – that’s Houston! *cue every Houstonians slow head-nod and nonchalant “mmhmm”* When the rain of Harvey storms met Houston in 2017, the weather wasn’t the only thing that surprised the entire city! The increase of rent prices did as well. Catastrophic flooding throughout the state displaced a recorded 13 million people from their homes, leaving renting as many people’s temporary solution. Compared to the housing boom of 2014 when apartments were offering 2-3 months free just to get people in their doors, renters were met with the stifling reality of supply and demand — less apartments and higher costs. Those enticing renters specials came to a screeching halt and the rental market sharply rose. Photo by Alamy/Reuters via The Guardian The areas inside the loop that experienced a blast in pricing after Hurricane Harvey are:   Uptown – 8% increase West University – 10% increase Heights – 14% increase EaDo (East Downtown) – 19% increase River Oaks – 21% increase Museum District – 21% increase Greenway/Upper Kirby – 26% increase Downtown – 45% increase Bellaire – 52% increase   Shapefile Source by City of Houston Geographic Information System (COHGIS) via RentHop   The renting…

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Top Three Houston Neighborhoods Perfect For Public Transit Users

By | Commuting, Downtown, Houston, Medical Center/South Main, Midtown, Neighborhoods, Public Transit

Whether you’re a seasoned Houstonian or shiny “Newstonian,” you know that navigating the roads of this massive city can be crazy-chaotic and nerve-wracking, yet public transportation can just as widespread as the city itself. Living in neighborhoods that are public transport hubs offers some road-time remedy and more cost-effective/eco-friendly travel options. And let’s be real – if it’s good for the people and for Mother Nature, it’s definitely a win-win! So, here are the top three Houston neighborhoods that have the most dynamic transportation options: Image Source Downtown The hustle and bustle of Downtown Houston can be over stimulating, to say the least; especially during peak travel times. Navigating all the one-way streets can send you in never-ending circles. Tack that on to an already-time-consuming commute, and your day’s practically gone! Living in Downtown gives you a handful of options to ditch the car and high garage parking costs, and hop on a free bus or the METRORail. Did someone say “free?” Yepp! Greenlink buses powered by METRO, run two different routes around Downtown Houston, circulating every 10 minutes. The Green Route runs Monday – Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and takes riders from the Discovery Green, over to Capitol Street, down Smith, and back up Dallas toward the George R. Brown Convention Center. This route is perfect for your workday run-around, or seeing your dog in the middle of the day in a super timely manner! The Orange Route runs until midnight Monday – Saturday and until…

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Cut The Commute: Apartments Closer To Work In The Houston Metroplex

By | Apartments, Closer to work, Commuting, Houston

“I LOVE TRAFFIC!” – said no one ever Despite the stress of a long commute, most people in Texas have to drive to and from work, going head-to-head with menacing rush hour traffic. Spoiler alert: Houstonians are going to spend an average of 9.95 days commuting to and from work in 2019 according to a study published by educateddriver.org! And because time behind the wheel can feel wasted, we’re determined to help get your days back. Take a peek at these beautiful apartments in local neighborhoods people often commute to, and let’s talk about getting you closer to work so that you don’t have to!   DOWNTOWN | Skyhouse Main | Starting at $1281 This luxury property allows easy access to I-45 and I-69 and is perfect for those who work Downtown. This area is home to some major employers such as Chevron, Kinder Morgan, Center Point, and Deloitte! These apartments are perfect for those that are energy conscious; equipped with solar shades and Energy Star appliances. Also complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, spa-style tubs, and private balconies. Image source Image source Image source   ENERGY CORRIDOR | Vista Energy Corridor | Starting at $1200 This property is located in the up and coming Energy Corridor of Houston! Home to some of the biggest oil and gas companies out there; Exxon, Shell, CITGO, and much more. Apartments are equipped with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and plenty of storage! Image source Image source Image source   MEDICAL DISTRICT | Modera Flats | Starting at $1053 Located in the…

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Move To Houston?

By | Apartment Locators, apartment pools, Apartments, Houston, Moving, New Apartments

Photo Cred Moving to Texas is becoming more and more popular by the day! So, if you haven’t already heard Houston is one of the fastest growing cities in America then you’re probably living under a rock. In the past four years, over half-a-million new residents have come to call Houston home, making it the number two fastest growing city. While we at Smart City Houston are biased (H-Town represent!), we chose 3 reasons out of a magnitude on why you should call Houston home in 2019. 1. The Cost of Living Photo Cred Though our cost of living is increasing, Houston is far less expensive compared to the cost of other big cities in America. We pay less in taxes, so you take home a higher percentage of your paycheck meaning more money to play with! Our grocery stores also offer insane savings (H.E.B. where you at?) and our gas prices remain below the nation’s average. 2. The Weather Photo Cred If you live in Houston already, you’ve gotten used to sporadic rainfall. However don’t fret! Houston weather is pretty warm year-round. With only two months of chilly weather, Houstonians can enjoy pool time most of the time. So, put those snow boots away, and stock up on sunscreen! 3. The Amount of Apartments Photo Cred No need to worry about private rentals here! From mid-rise, to high-rise to garden styles, Houston has an abundance of apartments. Houston is taking in the influx of new Houstonians by building new…

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The Top Seven Things Covered in Nov. 7th Q and A

By | Apartment Locators, Apartments, Houston

On November the 7th, Smart City Apartment Locating’s Houston Office held a live Q&A via Instagram, answering the questions of its followers. Incase you missed it, here’s a quick recap! 1.What is apartment locating, why do I need a locator and how much does this service cost? Apartment locating is when a person searches for apartments for you. Instead of spending hours online or on the phone with countless properties, you can have a locator do all the dirty work for you. A locator conducts searches 40+ hours a week to find the best prices the market has to offer. It’s their job and it’s FREE. Like a fiduciary, locators are supposed to search for apartments that fit your needs and wants. The only thing you have to do is write the locating company and name of the locator that helped you find the apartment when you lease! 2.Why did Cassie start Smart City Apartment Locating and how is it different from other apartment locating services? Cassie started Smart City Apartment Locating when she posted a deal on Instagram that was so outrageous, it seemed to be a mistake. From that moment, Smart City was born. She and her team of locators dedicate their time to finding you the best prices in desirable areas through hyper-personalized searches. Along with that, one of Smart City’s core values is integrity. They believe that if they wouldn’t recommend an apartment to their  family or friends, they shouldn’t recommend it to you. 3.What is the…

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7 Signs You’re Ready To Live On Your Own

By | Houston, Roommates

There comes a time in one’s life when the urge to have your own place fills your every waking thought–like, after your roommate leaves their dishes in the sink AGAIN! The luxuries of going solo are pretty sweet. No more mysteriously vanishing food or the unsolicited “borrowing” of your favorite jacket, and definitely no need to wear pants (praise be). While living on your own has major perks, it also comes with some serious responsibilities. Wanting your own place and being ready for your own place aren’t exactly the same phase of life. So, before you lock in that lease, consider these seven things a diploma on the readiness to live by yourself. 1. You can afford it. Photo Cred This sounds harsh, but evictions aren’t sexy and definitely don’t boost your dating profile. Calculate your expenses. Figure out how much you spend monthly vs. how much you make monthly. This is a good way to gauge how much spending power you have when looking for your own place. 2. You aren’t scared to sacrifice. Photo Cred You may have an idea of the ideal unit for you, but you aren’t afraid to sacrifice granite counter tops for an easier commute to work at a reasonable price. For you, it’s all about the bigger picture and getting the best bang for your buck. 3. You have a furniture/home goods plan. Photo Cred We all have that friend that moved out and slept on an air mattress for six months, and…

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Featured Neighborhood: Midtown

By | Houston, Midtown

Are you the life of the party? Do you like being the friend with the great food and drink recommendations? Are you a walking Yelp review for the best bars within a five-mile radius? Then you deserve to live in a neighborhood that fits your lifestyle. Well, look no further — Midtown was made for you! This featured neighborhood is the hub of trendy AF bars, Insta-worthy brunches, and latte art so pretty, you tag your snap #nofilter. Welcome to Midtown! Why Midtown? Photo Cred You may be looking to mix it up a bit and switch HTX neighborhoods, or perhaps you aren’t even from Houston at all, and you’re sitting here wondering, “What’s so great about Midtown? Why do I keep hearing about it? Why am I talking to myself and this random blog post is quoting it verbatim?”  Well, let us tell you a little something: Midtown whispers to those who belong, no matter how far they may be. Every time you sit with friends at an okay-joint, and speak up about a great new gastropub around the corner, that’s the chic foodie in you. Every cocktail you snap for the Gram with a glitter gif, that’s the social butterfly in you. Every time you and the bestie take turn snapping pics, that’s the good friend in you. This neighborhood is for those that never want to be too far away from a good afternoon that turns into a great night. But in all seriousness, this neighborhood isn’t…

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The Best Apartment Pools In Houston

By | apartment pools, Apartments, Houston, summer, texas heat

Welcome to Houston, Texas where it is HOT, sometimes too HOT you don’t ever want to leave your apartment. We get it, so we are bringing you some of our favorite complexes that literally have everything. Meaning you don’t have to leave your apartment unless its to the pool! The Sovereign At Regent Square Views and pool-side cabanas? Yes, please. Located in River Oaks, this property’s amenities spell out luxury. Rough day at work? Lay out by the pool or take advantage of their on sight massages. You’ll feel right home with your 24-hour concierge service, you’ll never have to leave or deal with the heat again. Photo Cred Eighteen 25 When you say you want it all, we deliver! In the middle of Downtown, this property is so extra they even have a concierge service and bark park! But it doesn’t stop there, grab your friends or even a good read and head on over to the rooftop pool over looking straight into Downtown! Not about that pool life and rather eat (#FoodIsLife) walk on over to their barbecue area and enjoy a nice snack while relaxing in their canopy swings! Photo Cred Jefferson Heights This property is located near Downtown Houston and has everything you could want out of a luxury, urban apartment! Your home comes equipped with stained concrete or hardwood style flooring, gourmet kitchens, stainless steel appliances, and over-sized soaking tubs. But the rooftop pool and the views are ultimate vibe! The pool deck comes with a…

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